On Careers

August 2011


Be Positive and Get a Job Faster

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Steve Martin had a message for job seekers in his 1977 comedy album “Let’s Get Small.”

The message?

A job seeker could stay happy if he had a banjo. Here’s the line:

“You know the banjo is so happy, I think. I think people who are out of work—instead of giving them money—we should give them a banjo.

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10 Mistakes Job Interviewers Make

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Hiring someone onto your team is one of the most important decisions managers make, but it’s easy to flub it if you aren’t trained and prepared for interviewing. Here are the 10 most common mistakes that job interviewers make in the interview process.

1. Not being clear on what’s really needed to ...

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Skillset vs. Mindset: Which Will Get You the Job?

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There’s a debate going on among career experts about which is more important: skillset or mindset. While skills are certainly desirable for many positions, does having the right ones guarantee you’ll get the job?

What if you have the mindset to get the work accomplished, but currently lack certain ...

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6 Ways You Stay Limited and Stuck in Your Career

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Many people face serious limitations and obstacles in their careers, but refuse to get mired down. However, there are also people who have all the raw materials for success who never manage to get any significant traction. So if it’s not their situation, what keeps people stuck? Here are several ...

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Employers: Make Telecommuting Work for Your Company

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These days telecommuting is such a common way to work that most people don’t bat an eye when you say you work from home. But there are plenty of horror stories, too.

As an employer, you can do plenty to make telecommuting work for your company. If you’re wading into this territory, consider these ...

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5 Ways to Overcome Job-Search Frustration

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The job search can be incredibly frustrating. And if you’re not careful, that frustration can start to fester, taking control of your life and getting in the way of the effectiveness of your efforts.

Here are five ways to overcome that frustration:

Get angry

Have you ever felt negative about ...

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Are Your Skills Really Transferable?

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If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. You, the job seeker, announce with confidence: “I can do the job. I know I can. I just need someone to give me a chance.”

But in a tough economy full of qualified job seekers, skills don’t need to transfer. That’s because there are plenty of ...

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Tips for Breaking Up With a Job

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Breaking up is never easy to do. Whether you're a 15-year-old boy who’s too scared to confront an emotionally-charged girl, or an adult suffering in a dead-end marriage, mustering up the courage and self-respect to make a change and improve your life is not always easy.

Leaving a job is difficult ...

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Get Rave Reviews from Your Boss

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Becoming your boss’s favorite isn’t about sucking up; it’s about consistently displaying work habits any boss will love.

Here are 10 habits that will earn rave reviews from your boss:

1. Have your act together. Stay on top of things, ensure your boss only has to tell you something once, don’t let ...

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5 Reasons You’ll Benefit from Helping a Mentee

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Whether you’re a manager or plan to be a supervisor at some point in your career, you probably realize the importance of mentorship in the workplace. You may even have a mentor of your own whom you look up to, ask for advice, and count on for feedback on tough assignments and situations.

So why not ...

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How to Get Your Resume in Front of the Right Person

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Job-hunting is serious business these days.

You need to make sure you’re getting your resume in front of the decision maker, but that can be more difficult than expected. Send resumes to a company generically, rather than to a specific person, and your resume could end up in the garbage. It’s well ...

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How Striving for Perfect Can Kill Your Career

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Are you a perfectionist? If so, you’re probably limiting your career’s potential. Pursuing perfection in all you do might seem like a good strategy for growing and thriving in your career, but except in rare circumstances (brain surgery, anyone?) it can actually have the opposite effect.

Here are ...

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10 Ways to Annoy a Hiring Manager

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Want to annoy a hiring manager and lose out on the job? Here are 10 surefire ways to do it:

1. Ignore application instructions. Employers give specific instructions for a reason, so ignore them at your peril. Don’t send your resume through postal mail rather than applying online as instructed,

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How to Make Your Workplace Happier

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It’s Admit You’re Happy Month. But are you happy in your job? How about at your office or around your co-workers? Unfortunately, for many employees, the answer to some (or all) of those questions is no. But it doesn’t have to be.

Although not every career move will be a perfect fit, there are many ...

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A More Strategic Approach to Applying for Jobs

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It’s too easy today to apply for jobs in bulk or apply and move on to the next application. But companies don’t want to see you applying for any job. They want you genuinely interested in their job.

That means how you apply matters.

Why is how you apply important? Because in a market full of ...

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How to Use the New Apply with LinkedIn Button

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LinkedIn recently announced a new option for job seekers and hiring managers, their Apply with Linkedin button. Adam Nash, VP of Product Management for LinkedIn explained the new button is part of LinkedIn’s strategy to help users put their best foot forward when applying for jobs.

“How people hire ...

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Getting Fired? Try Stalling Your Employer

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The writing is on the wall: You’re about to get fired.

Once the wheels are in motion, it's often hard to get momentum back on your side. The best thing to do is to start pursuing other work options. However, if you feel strongly about staying with the organization, you can employ several strategies ...

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10 Signs Your Boss Just Isn’t That Into You

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One of the biggest determinants of your quality of life at work is the relationship you have with your boss. And your boss’s opinion of you matters enormously; it affects everything from what kind of work you’re assigned to whether you get a raise to whether you ultimately keep your job.

But people ...

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